Winter Vacation in Squaw Valley, California III
I hope you all aren’t tired of seeing snow pictures because I still have one more post of our trip to share with you!
Our third day in Squaw Valley started out again with another amazing breakfast. As if things couldn’t get any better, they even change a few of the options every morning. The second day I had eggs again, sweet potato home fries, a lemon muffin, apple coffee cake, and a waffle.
And more yogurt with granola!
It was SO good.
After that it was time to hit the slopes! I bought lift tickets ahead of time online to get a whopping $12 discount. Since we weren’t doing the ski school again, we rented our gear from the PlumpJack rental shop which was steps away from the bar where had breakfast. After yesterdays experience we both opted for helmets this time.
On our way up the mountain, we learned that the rocks there are unique to Squaw Valley and that they are actually granite with a sandstone facade.
The tram took us back to High Camp where started out by warming up on the beginner slopes…
And took in more of the fantastic scenery…
They also had an ice skating rink if you didn’t want to ski or snowboard.
After feeling semi-comfortable on the regular slopes, we decided to try out a free styling area that had a few different runs.
Being the gentleman he is, Brandon went first.
Then I gave it a go.
Then I tried to turn too hard at the end and ate it.
After that, we decided to break for lunch and check out a place at the bottom of the mountain called Wildflour Bakery.
They had a lot of great vegetarian options.
I went for the P.H.A.T. (tortilla) with curried chickpeas.
And Brandon had the Quinoa Veggie Tacos.
Right next door to Wildflour is a cupcake shop, Batch Cupcakery. SCORE!
That’s my new motto.
I got the Mardi Gras cupcake in celebration of Fat Tuesday and Brandon chose the lopsided Black Diamond cupcake.
I ended-up eating more of his though. Unlike me, he shares very well.
After lunch, we tried the runs on the other side of the lift which had some hills that allow you to catch a little air. Those were so much fun!
You can probably tell by these pictures that the mountain wasn’t very busy.
The ski instructor told us there were about 1,000 people on the mountain that day and that during the weekend there are about 12,000. He said it could take up to 30 minutes just to wait in line at one of the lifts. Our wait while we were there was less than a minute every time. We were able to get in a lot of runs before the day was over!
For dinner, we checked-out a place called Rocker Squaw in the village.
We both had the Quinoa Vegetable Dinner which was really good! (please excuse the awful photo)
Happily exhausted, we called it a night!
Where has your favorite winter vacation been?